Black Tuesday
The Bruery

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #20
Ranked #66
4.59 | pDev: 9.37%
The Bruery
California, United States
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Notes: Our infamous Black Tuesday is an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels for over a year. Rich caramel, toasted malt, vanilla, burnt wood and anise are just a few of the many flavors in this rich, decadent imperial stout.

2009: 19.5% ABV
2010: 18.2% ABV
2011: 18.3% ABV
2012: 19.2% ABV
2013: 18.9% ABV
2014: 19.7% ABV
2015: 19.9% ABV
2016: 20.3% ABV
2017: 19.5% ABV
2018: 19.5% ABV
2019: 19.4% ABV
2020: 19.3% ABV
Reviews: 754 | Ratings: 4,161 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Eddieeight from Ohio

5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definitely one of those beers i've waited a long time to get. Found it in a 16 oz can. I've had So Happens it's Tuesday, which I loved, but this is my first of the original. Maybe $25 was too much, maybe not. We'll see. In any case it's the highest ABV of any beer i've ever tried. 17% was the highest I've sampled, but this knocks that back a couple points. I've got a 2020 bottle. Poured out into a snifter, half inch head bubbled up and licked the sides of the glass, receding into a thin collar of beige. The smell is exquisite. That's a strong word, i know, but i think it deserves that descriptor. It's full and strong, bourbon and licorice and fig, that stings the back of the nose as it goes in. 5 on the smell. Love it. Let's sip now, Chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, licorice, fig, smoke, char, leather, damn, this is very comparable to Bourbon County Stout. This has been barrel aged for a year, and it sure picks up that bourbon flavor, filling the crevices of my mouth in such a delightful way. I had Indian food for dinner, and I love the layers Indian has, it seems to fill up every bit of my palate. This beer is the same way, it has a way of overcoming and washing over my tastebuds, allowing me to pick up on lots of layers of flavor. It's also like Indian because it's got a spiciness to it, that tickles my tongue and overwhelms me. There is light carbonation, and a medium mouthfeel, not too thick and not too thin. Overall I'm very impressed with this and i'm glad I bought two cans of it. This is the beer of a mature drinker. This is the beer of a wise man. This is the beer of a guy who's well traveled. This is the beer of a guy who's got a financial plan. This is the beer of a man with an important job. This is the beer of a man who knows how to relax with class. This is the beer of a good father. This is the beer of a faithful husband. This is the beer of a youthful grandpa. This is getting my top ratings. What a way to celebrate Father's Day 2021!

Jun 21, 2021
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MostlyMetalz from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one is THICCC! Very dark and a strong boozy smell. Initial punch of booze and toffee up front and finishes nicely. This is a big one so definitely not on to tackle on your own!

Mar 17, 2021
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Mick666 from Canada (AB)

4.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Completely unreal thick. Had a 2016 cellared for 4 years. Chocolate and bourbon and a boozy but smooth element. Torquey at almost 20%. All the elements of a world class stout with chocolate and vanilla and tobacco. A dessert

Mar 03, 2021
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LXIXME from New Mexico

4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried 2017 and 2020 versions of this beer. Both pretty amazing beers, this rating is for the 2020 version which I thought was a bit more crisp and diverse in it's taste.

Feb 26, 2021
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John-Galt from Texas

4.31/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2020 vintage 16oz tall boy.
Pours dark with an average amount of head that dissipates quickly. Lots of bourbon and dark chocolate on the nose. Heavy bourbon on the taste and the 19.3% isn't hidden but it still drinks smooth for the abv. Also get some fig and chocolate. Mouthfeel is great but not as thick as i like, but then again with that abv it's pretty darn good. Great stout but would definitely need to share a 750ml with a friend or two.

Jan 09, 2021
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BasWassenaar from Netherlands

4.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Solodomed a 2011 vintage on Boxing Day. I love how this has mellowed out over the years. Still verry boozy but not as sweet as fresh. Way better balance i'd say and still holding up well.

Jan 05, 2021
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.56/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thank you bl00 for this
16 oz can, 2020, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a small mocha head.

S- Boozy, dark chocolate, dark fruits, figs, bourbon, charred oak, some vanilla, toffee.

T- Figs, dark chocolate, bourbon, some oak, touch of vanilla, boozy/hot, toffee, some roasted malts.

M- For being 19.3% ABV it’s smooth, still a little hot but not too rough, full body.

O- A tasty huge stout. The ABV isn’t hidden but it drink easy for being over 19%. Trying to push 20% ABV is hard for any beer and can easily be too hot fresh but this is drinkable fresh.

Nov 25, 2020
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Griffin2 from Virginia

4.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had the 2020 edition. Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.
L - Poured a dark brown, almost black, with a slight tan head.
S - Smells of booze and chocolate.
T - Tastes of bourbon, chocolate, and cherry cordials.
F - Full bodies and lightly carbonated.
O - Crazy good boozy stout.

Nov 20, 2020
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 release reviewed on 10-31-2020.

Pours a very dark brown. Almost no head, as expected with such a high ABV beer. What was there was tan, but went away rapidly. However there is a bit of carbonation rising in the glass. and it's refreshing a ring of foam around the edge of the glass.
The nose is a boozy experience. Some toffee, and caramel on the nose. A hint of chocolate.
Taste - Boozy flavor, however there's a lot more there. Up front I get some chocolate. There's tons of toffee and caramel on the backside. Tons of barrel flavor throughout.
This is very boozy, and you know it's very high ABV. It has a warming burn, but not too harsh. Just enough to let you know you're drinking a 20%+ beer. Fairly thick. Smooth also.
This is a sipper for sure. Yes, I know some have chugged it, but it's really best to take your time to enjoy this beauty. Probably the biggest knock against it is the size. I really don't like 750ML really high ABV beers. It's just too damn much for one person. I bet it was "hotter" fresh, and might have mellowed out a bit with age. Highly recommended.

Nov 01, 2020
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lucius10 from California

4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet, boozy milk chocolate, hint of vanilla, and bourbon barrel heat nose on this one! Taste follows with a mocha coffee and dark chocolate bitter swallow. When chilled, the booziness is subtle and lingers. As it warms, though, that boozy heat becomes large and in charge on the backend! This a quality, well-made stout! This is very good, but, at 19.4% ABV, it is definitely a sipper!

Oct 29, 2020
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AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin

4.92/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Loved how boozy this was. Had a 2014 in 2019, so 5 years old. I have a 2015 coming up that I can't wait to open. Can't do it on my own, though, at almost 20% ABV. A beastly beer that's meant to be shared.

Sep 27, 2020
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StJamesGate from New York

4.2/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 version.

Thin chocolate-oxblood with no head; chocolate gateau, vanilla, boozy whisky + some meat on the nose; cola, chocolate sauce, fig, then a crashing wave of bourbon that lasts and burns, some more melted chocolate and numbing heat to end; medium, fizzy, hot, salty. Vanilla candy as it opens.

3.75 4.25 4.25 4 4.25

On the one hand, a deep, black, fruity stout with a bunch of chocolate cake. On the other, just a wrecking ball of booziness - all the whisky. It does mellow and open, but is still hard work. Not even close to Dark Wanderer or even some Firestone Walker stout blends.

Other than just the crazy ABV, I don’t see why this got the cult it did...

Aug 17, 2020
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joberlander from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 drank in 2020. BIG BEER. Tons of bourbon on the nose with caramel and vanilla. Taste follow with a huge hit of bourbon. As it warms oak and caramel toffee notes come out along with dark chocolate. Really complex and a treat to enjoy over a few hours.

Jun 11, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2019 Vintage
16oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours black in color with a one-finger light khaki head that reduces to a thin film floating on top

S- boozy aromas jump out of the glass with this one; bold notes of chocolate and vanilla, walnut fudge brownie batter, caramel & toffee, anise, black strap molasses & maple syrup, cherries, figs, raisin. Finishes with a huge oaky bourbon aroma that adds wet oak, barrel juice, toasted coconut and more vanilla

T- huge, boozy and malty sweet up front with notes of dark chocolate & caramel, black strap molasses and toasted walnuts. Port and sherry-like vinous notes mid-palate, along with notes of soy sauce. The finish brings out bold bourbon barrel notes, adding sharp oak and vanilla. Lingers of dark fruits, chocolate and booze

M- thick and viscous body with low carbonation leads to a syrupy mouthfeel and a warm, boozy finish

O- an ideal dessert beet that is made for sipping, complex, boozy and savory

Jun 03, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from @2beerdogs in NBS BIF 10 – Thanks Derek! Reviewed 2/16/20.
2016 Edition. Etched on the shoulder above the rear label “B#3501 9/8/16” above “09:31 000906”. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 55 degrees (as stated on the label) in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 60.9 degrees F.
Appearance – 3.
First pour – Medium brown, clear.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to direct light, brown around the top edge.
Head – Average (Maximum two cm, aggressive center pour), tannish with large bubbles fizzing away, gone within a minute after the pour is completed, leaving thin complete ring of tiny bubbles, fed by aggressive effervescence.
Lacing – None, not unexpected at 20.3% ABV.
Aroma – 4 - Has an almost weak, watery dark fruit aroma with some weak wood and possibly bourbon in the background, but I must really horn it to pick up the bourbon.
Flavor – 4 – This begins somewhat sweet with weak flavors of “dark fruit’’ with raisins being weakly predominant and prunes trailing behind. Dates are weakly present. No alcohol (20.3% ABV as marked on label) aroma or flavor, but massive numbing of the tongue and soft palate occurs as it warms while being held in the mouth. No alcohol on the exhale, oddly enough. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide, no hops.
Palate – 4 – Medium, just short of syrupy, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4. Like the Chicxulub meteor, this burns all the way down my esophagus before striking my gastric mucosa, leaving a massive crater and wiping out all the helicobacter dinosaurs in my own, personal, mass extinction event. Otherwise, the flavors are subdued and blended to the point of making it difficult to separate individuals from the background salmagundi, providing a coherent and cogent synthesis of deep fruity flavors, sans wood or bourbon. Appearance is totally average: brown black, no head, but somehow looks less viscous than Old Engine Oil (of which I’ll soon be drinking sixers). Overall, a decent delivery system for high levels of alcohol. I capped the bottle while I can still make those decisions.

Feb 16, 2020
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augustgarage from California

4.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage - poured from a 750mL bottle into a small snifter.

Bistre body with very little carbonation producing a tiny khaki collar; fast running tears; poor retention.

Deep, sweet, fruit-heavy, rich aromatics with molasses, prunes, figs, toasted sugar, and faint tobacco. No real signs of oxidation, infection, or souring despite being 11 years old.

Vanilla, caramel, toffee, treacle, dark cherries, coffee, and tobacco in the palate entry. Medium, slightly medicinal (cough syrup) finish. Complex, but possibly a bit past its prime.

Sticky, medium-bodied mouthfeel with substantial but not excessive heat from the ABV.

More than the sum of its parts, this is still one of the biggest stouts available, although, consequently, it's a bit sweet/hot.

Feb 12, 2020
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npolachek from New York

4.87/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is probably one of the best sweet stouts I have ever had. Very sweet with tastes of caramel and vanilla. Similar to a Founders CBS and has amazing balance. Highly recommend!

Jan 13, 2020
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emyers from Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2019 vintage - can poured into teku glass.

Black with a half inch tan head, dissipates quickly into lacing

Nose: Tons of bourbon and tons of dark fruit. Reminiscent of BCBS but more intense.

Taste: Intensity is dialed to 11 off the bat. Bourbon, chocolate, and dark fruit. Finish is predictably boozy although smother than I anticipated.

Feel: Full-bodied albeit thinner than expected. Relatively active carbonation keeps it from becoming syrupy.

Nov 13, 2019
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kemoarps from Washington

4.26/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2018 bottle thanks to the generosity of @2beerdogs, opened in honour of my Opa Jan.

Pour is actually thinner/lighter than I'd expected, though once it gathers in the glass it does gain some more of that menace. But ultimately it's closer to a cola/dark syrup/dark chestnut brown than it is a molasses black. Not much head at all: nothing more than a drifting of bubbles around the edge. No lacing to speak of.

Nose brings less alcohol heat than I'd feared. Sweet bourbon vanilla and oak. Some caramel. Honestly just not as strong as I'd expected overall. More pleasant and mellow and sweet.

Flavour again belies the behemoth that lurks in these waters. 19.2% on the label, but I could be convinced of significantly less than that. Maybe not half, but closer to that than actuality. While I do get some heat, especially as I work my way through the glass, the prominent flavours are more the rest of the barrel, much like the nose. Vanilla, oak, caramel, maybe a hint of sweet sweet chocolate, maybe riesen-like toffee... This is decadent and rich without really being luxuriant.

Smoothe and while it's thin (unsurprising given the alcohol and that), it is not conspicuously so. Again, this is a masterclass in taking an overbearing characteristic and folding it in to subtly be simply a presence. That may sound like damning with faint praise, but I absolutely do not mean it as such. Dangerously easy to drink for the near-liqeuer level abv.
Thank you Derek for supplying me with this delicious inebriant!

Aug 04, 2019
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slick black with a thin mocha colored head settles quickly to a thin ring.

Aroma - Bourbon dark fruit, chocolate and vanilla.

Taste - Lots of chocolate, bourbon soaked raisins, oak and vanilla.

Feel - Surprisingly smooth lots of heat and burn from the alcohol but pretty easy drinking

Overall - Big boozy stout slick really tasty and easy drinking.

Jun 14, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.02/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: More dark brown than the expected blackness, and head is paltry thin with little retention. Some lacing.

S: Rich bourbon and vanilla. Notes of dates and marshmallow, still a touch muted, less than rich, and underwhelming.

T: Again with figgy bourbon flavors and sweet malt, definite soy sauce and booze still a bit rough after aging this one 3.5 years! Cherry tartness. Drenched in syrupy sweetness.

F: It’s a big beer so some heat is expected still and the carbonation is decent, but it is quite thinner than expected.

O: Aged 3.5 years to be drinkable still starts hot when chilled, nice tartness but a bit boozy and sweet! So many better big stouts. Not up to this hype.

May 10, 2019
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Hop_God from California

4.43/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 release consumed 5.1.18. Amazing express of the style. Drinks soft and smooth for 20% abv. More like an old ale look but drinks like a stout. Heavy booze and chocolate.

May 02, 2019
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Rristow from Ohio

4.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Huge beer! 2014 version. Pours jet black with minimal head. Aroma is lots of raisin and dates, caramel and bourbon. Hides ridiculous high abv very well. Only a slight hint of booziness. Lots of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, almost a little cherry, cocoa. Awesome, complex huge beer.

May 01, 2019
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 bottle.
Pours dark brown/black with a thin tan head on a heavy pour.
Smells of bourbon, roasty, chocolate, vanilla.
Taste is roasty malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla.
Full bodied, good carb level.
Overall an excellent one that I'm glad I finally got to try. Alcohol was present but not like I would expect in a near 20%ABV beer.

Apr 09, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.62/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky black with glimmers of brown cola, scant head but surprising carbonation. Aroma is bursting with dark cacao supported by bourbon caramel, espresso, oak & anise.

Not surprisingly, the barrel characteristics really dominate the palate - tons of boozey caramel & vanilla upfront, some fudge bark & burnt chocolate after that. On the backend there is definitely a sharp anise / black licorice flavor that helps counter some of that sweetness. Finishes with more bourbon heat & bitter anise.

Thought it was a little bit thin, and a tad too hot on the booze (but I mean, for a 19% beer whadda ya expect?) but I liked that it wasn’t just a sweet bomb and had some earthier notes.

Jan 27, 2019
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